§ MR. AIRD (Paddington, N.)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, having regard to the frequency of suicides in the Canal running through North Paddington, he would cause inquiries to be instituted, with the view, if possible, of ensuring better protection along the banks of such Canal, increased lighting, and greater supervision on the part of the Police Authorities?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
I have consulted the Chief Commissioner of Police on this matter; and he informs me that the banks and towing-path of this Canal are private property, and are not patrolled or supervised by the police. He has not been able to ascertain that suicides are frequent in this Canal, and the lighting is reported to be goad. If my hon. Friend can give more detailed information on the subject, I shall be happy to give it every attention.